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Latin American classical music is rich, diverse and multifaceted. And yet, Francisco Curt Lange’s observation is as true now as it was over 80 years ago.

Because of this, the Cayambis Institute (CILASiM) seeks to strengthen the awareness and appreciation of Latin American classical music by developing a full spectrum approach to its creation, performance and scholarship, and in so doing, cultivate bonds of goodwill and unity among the peoples of the Americas. In pursuit of our mission, the Institute provides impactful opportunities to composers, performers and scholars. Over time, these will include subventions for performers and scholars and a scholarship program so that talented Latin American composers will be able to enroll in a graduate program here in the United States. At the present time, however, we are working on three projects. The first is a performance by our Cayambis Sinfonietta that will take place in May. The second project has to do with a composition competition that will feature cash prizes, a gala concert and a possible publishing contract with Cayambis Music Press. And the third is a three-state Appalachia tour next October, during which our Sinfonietta will not only be performing a pan-American program, but also will be taking an interactive school show into area middle and high schools. Future projects will include subventions to partially subsidize recording projects in Latin America by performers who desire to record the classical music of their home country.

For more information about our current opportunities click on the images below.


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In the future we will be adding more projects, such as ways to support those proposals related not only to performance, but also in the areas of composition and musicology. In the meantime, we invite you to bookmark this page, because this will be where you’ll find the latest information about our activities.

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